“The Blessings Tree”

Teaching Gratitude- Create a resource that you will use over and over again.

For family, for your group- no matter the age.
By Ronda Gilger. ****for our knitters!

It’s quite easy to add up offenses, unjustness, disappointments, and losses. It becomes a work of the heart to stop and take just a moment to be aware of the blessings and beauty.

First, create the “tree”. Into a sturdy vase arrange several thin branches- adding enough so that it resembles a bare tree. Lovely right? But it gets better!

I wanted to create a visual illustration to remind me of hope. We all need to work to keep from being swallowed by the negative that is everywhere. Hold onto Faith. Grace. Inspiration.
The challenge: On days where you are overwhelmed and it seems impossible to see anything good -Everyday—�Be aware… look for it. Even when you feel broken- look. For one kind word. For the music that inspires, the touch of a friend, for something silly that makes you laugh or the way someone’s inward beauty shines through. ONE thing.
The idea is that we need to do more than merely survive our days.
Speak it out loud as you hang your leaf on the tree. One per day- for a week. Repeat.
Hold onto pieces of “wonderful”. At the end of the week, your Blessing Tree is in BLOOM! And I’m working on a different color set for each member of the family so that as we sit down to dinner/ we have one thing “built-in” to speak about! And the more leaves on the tree- the more joy. I have grown kids and this is for each family- a new way to see every day. I also have a set of 30 for the office…great for morale.
And remember-we may be someone else’s blessing-

Materials-(2) US2 DPNs
Sock yarn to sport weight
Darning needle and scissors

Leaves:
Loopy Stem: CO 3. Work icord for 2.75”.
What is an icord? Video link at bottom of post.
Begin Row 1 of leaf.
Row 1: K1, YO 1, K1, YO, K1. Turn. (Odd rows are Right side-RS).
Row 2: K2, yarn to front. Sl1 st. Yarn to back, K2. Turn at end of every row. (Even rows are Wrong Side-WS).
Row 3: K2, YO, K1, K2
Row 4: K3, YF, Sl 1 St, YB, K3.
Row 5: K3, YO, K1, YO, K3
Row. 6: K4, YF, Sl 1St, YB, K 4.
Continue pattern until your leaf is 17 st across the front of leaf.
Back of this row: K8, YF, Sl 1 St, K8
A. Next row- K 17 across.
B. Back of this row- K8, YF, Sl St, K8.
Repeat A & B 1 more time.
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Decrease rows:.
Knit across row to last 2 stitches…K2tog. Turn.
Repeat this row until you have 1 stitch left.
Cut yarn 8″ and pull through this last stitch.
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Using a tapestry needle…weave in end of leaf and form loopy stem.
Steam with your iron holding it 1/2″ above the leaf…shape.
Make 7 leaves plus 1 Holder to create your set.
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Loopy holder: (to “thread all of your Blessing leaves onto when the lesson is done”
Cast on 3 stitches. Knit cord for 10”
Continue to create a smaller leaf-
from the end of the icord exactly as you made the leaf until there are 13 stitches on your needle. Continue and decrease as in the leaf pattern from 13 stitches down to one.
Weave in ends and form a smaller loop on Icord end.
***tie a knot using icord close to leaf end. Tie another knot over the first knot to bulk it up- adjust to make an attractive knot.
You will thread the leaves onto the holder and the smaller leaf through the small loop of the holder to store your Blessing Tree leaves.
Options- add beads?
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K=knit
icord …. https://youtu.be/wcJvy1oZhco
YO=yarn over
YF=yarn front
Sl 1 st=slip 1 stitch
YB=yarn back
K2tog. Knit 2 stitches together.

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